Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Conlan advances in St. Clare geography bee

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 24, 2013

Eighth grader Liam Conlan has advanced to the state test portion of the National Geographic Bee after winning the local competition Friday, Jan. 18, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School.

Conlan bested 10 others during the schoolís final round of geography competition. He received a world wall map and a bee medal for winning, while runner-up, Finn Boyle, sixth grade, received a United States wall map.

Conlan now attempts to qualify as one of the top 100 for the Michigan Geography Bee, held April 5, at Western Michigan University.

St. Clare has participated in the bee each year since the programís inception in 1989 in an effort to foster student interest in and love of geography. Fifth- to eighth-grade contestants answer seven rounds of questions during the preliminary round, which took place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The top 10 scorers from the preliminary round then competed in the final round Jan. 18.

Top finalists at St. Clare included: Ervin Colston, eighth grade; Maki Thornton, eighth grade; Emmy Kuhr, sixth grade; Sean OíMeara, eighth grade; Matthew Lujan, eighth grade; Akil McDaniel, seventh grade; Sierra Dawson, sixth grade; Boyle, sixth grade; Spencer Lee, seventh grade; and Conlan.

St. Clare has sent eight students to the Michigan Geography Bee in past years.